After a loss on Wednesday night against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, the Nuggets will be hosting the Boston Celtics in the fourth and final game of this home stand. Denver also looks to sweep the season series over the Celtics tonight in the Pepsi Center.
In the November 6th meeting, Emmanuel Mudiay led the Nuggets to their win with an explosive performance, putting up 30 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing out 2 assists. The Nuggets second leading scorer was Wilson Chandler off of the bench with 22 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 30 points of his own, combined with a single rebounds and five assists. The Second highest scorer for the Celtics was Avery Bradley, who put up 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
In our last meeting, we led the Celtics 42-23 after the first and continued to lead through the first half, going to the locker room with the 77-52 lead. Ultimately, the Nuggets took the win in Boston, 123-107.
If the Nuggets want to get the W tonight, they need to start off hot and stay that way through 48 minutes of play. Throughout the season, we have seen flashes of the Nuggets defense and when they play well on the defensive side, the Nuggets can be lethal when they pair their defense with their offense.
Nikola Jokic and Danilo Gallinari are both out with illness and questionable for tonight’s game, so Mason Plumlee and Juancho Hernangomez need to continue to step up if Joker and Gallo are unable to play.
Plumlee finished Wednesday night with a double-double, 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Hernangomez had just 7 points in his 29 minutes. Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris will also need to continue to play their A game. In Wednesday’s game against Washington, Chandler and Harris combined for 47 points.
With Portland closing in on the eighth seed, the Nuggets need to get a big home win tonight in order to stay up on the Trail Blazers. 29-35 on the season, the Nuggets are just half a game ahead of Portland and a game and a half ahead of Dallas.
Boston, 41-24, is second in the Eastern Conference, just two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and one game ahead of the Washington Wizards.
Nuggets Stats: Celtics Stats:
PPG: 110.6 PPG: 107.7
FG%: 46.5 FG%: 45.3
RPG: 46.3 RPG: 41.6
APG: 24.8 APG: 24.9
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 5-5
Keys to the Game, Courtesy of Sean English:
- The Nuggets are top 10 in possessions per game. They must capitalize on second chance opportunities.
- The Nuggets rank 29th in the NBA, allowing 27.6 points in the 4th quarter. Buckle down and finish.
- Going off key number two, Isaiah Thomas is the NBA leader in 4th quarter points. Show some defensive pride and slow him down.
Kenneth Faried (back) OUT
Danilo Gallinari (illness) questionable
Nikola Jokic (illness) questionable
James Young (back) questionable